Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Pain Management Pain Management en-us Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:30:04 UTC Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12:30:04 UTC Opioids Less Potent When Psychiatric Disorders Present with Chronic Pain Opioids produce less pain relief and more side effects in chronic lower back pain patients with high levels of depression and anxiety. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 03:00:00 UTC New Checklist Aims to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse Pharmacists and their patients can help prevent prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion through a new educational tool launched by the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM). Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:00:00 UTC Adding Opioids to Cannabis for Chronic Pain Won’t Raise Substance Abuse Risk Chronic pain patients using prescription opioids in conjunction with medical marijuana are not at increased risk for substance abuse. Wed, 20 May 2015 03:00:00 UTC Frequent ER Visits Could Flag Fatal Drug Overdose Regular trips to the emergency department could be a red flag for deadly prescription drug overdose. Wed, 13 May 2015 01:54:00 UTC Oxycodone Overdose Deaths Drop with PDMP Deaths related to oxycodone overdose dropped 25% in Florida after the state adopted a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to track controlled substance dispensing. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:00:00 UTC Popular Painkiller May Subdue Positive Feelings In addition to relieving pain, acetaminophen may cause patients to experience less intense emotional responses. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:00:00 UTC Facebook Rant Puts Pharmacist in Hot Water A pharmacist who posted derogatory comments about a customer on social media is now being investigated by the National Health Service. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 UTC DEA Alerts Nation to Fentanyl Risk In response to a recent resurgence in fentanyl abuse, the DEA today issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of the drug, describing it as a threat to health and public safety. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:59:00 UTC Pharmacist Roles Expanding in Chronic Disease Management From optimizing inhaler technique in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to catching red flags when dispensing controlled substances to patients with chronic pain, pharmacists can improve patient outcomes in an evolving treatment landscape. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:30:00 UTC Opioids Dispensed in High Doses Linked to Depression Dispensing higher opioid doses to chronic pain patients could trigger depression. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 UTC Narcotics Commonly Dispensed for Children with IBD Narcotics are not recommended for managing chronic pain in children with inflammatory bowel disease, due to gastrointestinal side effects and potential dependence. Nevertheless, researchers have uncovered that long-term narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in pediatric IBD patients compared with the general population. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:00:00 UTC Community Pharmacists Improve NSAID Risk Awareness Community pharmacists can identify and educate patients at high risk for acute kidney injury related to use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 UTC Opioids for Chronic Pain: More Harm Than Help With Americans’ use of opioids increasing, a panel from the National Institutes of Health set out to measure the drugs’ effectiveness in treating long-term chronic pain, and its report suggested that the risks outweigh the benefits. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:39:25 UTC Key Considerations for Treating Delirium in the ICU John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical pharmacist in the medical ICU at Tufts Medical Center, discusses key considerations for treating delirium in the ICU. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 03:21:35 UTC What 1 Pharmacist has Learned from Using Sedation for Pain and Delirium in Critically Ill Patients John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical pharmacist in the medical ICU at Tufts Medical Center, discusses what he's learned from using sedation for pain and delirium in critically ill patients. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:46:26 UTC Current Practice Guidelines for Pain, Delirium that are Important for Pharmacists John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical pharmacist in the medical ICU at Tufts Medical Center, discusses current practice guidelines for pain and delirium that would be important for pharmacists. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:34:00 UTC Prescription Painkillers Implicated in Most Overdose Admissions Roughly two-thirds of emergency department admissions for overdoses involve prescription opioid medications. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:01:01 UTC OTC Analgesics May Reduce Depression Symptoms Used alongside antidepressants, OTC analgesics and anti-inflammatories purchased from pharmacies may effectively treat patients with depression without increasing their risk of adverse events. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:59:47 UTC Purdue Pharma Enhances Opioid Education for Pharmacists The transdermal buprenorphine manufacturer has launched an awareness campaign to address specific knowledge gaps among pharmacists that pertain to opioids. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:43:30 UTC Despite DEA Accommodation, Many Pharmacies Prohibit Hydrocodone Refills Although pharmacies can legally dispense remaining refills of prescriptions for rescheduled hydrocodone combination products submitted prior to October 6, 2014, over the next 6 months, many drug chains have chosen not to honor those refills. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:42:36 UTC